Pollinator Porn: Beguiling Beauty of Pollination Lusciously Captured by Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg

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The luscious video clip below should help get your week off to a vibrant start.
Speaking at a TedTalk in March, renown filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg offered a “bit of nectar” from his movie, “Wings Of Life.”
Thanks to my friends at the International Butterfly Breeders’ Association for calling it to my attention.
Using high-res, slo-mo, close-up, time-lapse cinematography, Schwartzberg’s footage is downright sensuous, getting up close with bats, butterflies, bees and the flowers they pollinate while providing an intimate view of  “a love story that feeds the planet.”
Says the award-winning cinematographer:

“Beauty and seduction, I believe, is nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.”

Take a look at the video and see if you don’t agree.

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5 Responses

  1. Monika Maeckle
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    Apparently it was released in France under the name “Pollen” by DisneyNature Films and will come to the U.S. sometime in the near future under the name “Wings of Life.” Here’s a link:
    http://www.pollinator.org/disney.htm.
    Thanks for writing, glad you enjoyed it!
    Monika

  2. michaelmarlow
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    Thank you so much for sharing that! Made my night!
    Do you know perchance when the movie will be released in the US? (Or has it been already?)

  3. Dr. Danny
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    I like the way you put it better 🙂

  4. Dr. Danny
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    Good stuff! Many people dont understand that you dont have to go to exotic places to see the majority of this… just open your eyes and get off the tv/computer.
    However, we need to protect more than just the things we love. Love of butterflies, hummingbirds, and panda bears has not trumped the hate of crop eaters, cockroaches, or a whole host of things we have tried to poison out of our ecosystems; to which end we have only succeeded in poisoning nature.
    Seduction is not the natural way, it is one natural way. Life is not just the beautiful stuff, its also the ugliest, nastiest, and foulest thing. And it is supposed to work together. Nature is the stuff we love, the stuff that can kill us and all forms of life deserve our respect, love is secondary, if not tertiary.

    • Monika Maeckle
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      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Danny. You’re right that people prefer to focus on the beauty, but ugliness is part of the process that makes beauty possible.

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